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health information in
Aotearoa, New Zealand

The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand is a charity that works towards creating a society free from discrimination, where all people enjoy positive mental health & wellbeing.

We work to influence individuals, whanau, organisations and communities to improve and sustain their mental health and reach their full potential. 

Right now, you are on our Staying Well positive mental health and wellbeing section; you will find information on mental health conditions, where to get help and how to support those you love and care about in our Get Help section. Although we are not a counselling or advice service, our information officers are happy to point you in the right direction to find help.

Spreading mental health awareness

  • We are a Kiwi charity
  • We work with amazing people
  • We run dynamic programmes
  • We focus on the Five Ways
  • We influence mental health policies
  • We provide free information
  • We break down barriers
  • We talk in plain language
  • We have a suicide prevention focus
  • We tell incredible stories
  • We walk the talk
  • We totally understand positive mental health

... creating hope

Meltwater news

Kid too distracted by device to notice stranger in house

Last night we looked at mobile phones and devices, and a drive by mental health promoters in Christchurch to get people to step away from...

Canterbury wellbeing indicators show continued improvement

Media release from Canterbury DHB

While life for many in Canterbury is improving, the impacts of the quakes are still being felt as the...

10 ways gardening can benefit the mind, body and soul

Article by Your Home and Garden


It’s amazing what getting outside in the fresh air and connecting with the earth can do for your...

Urge your staff to connect with nature for mental health

Spend an hour with nature on World Mental Health Day.

The Mental Health Foundation is asking Kiwis to connect with nature for good mental...

Crackdown on cyber bullies from new law

Online abuse should not be a problem in Kaitaia, but it could be, according to NetSafe CEO Martin Cocker.

Ten per cent of New Zealand...

St John pathway to expands to allow ambulances to refer mental health patients

An initiative that connects ambulance patients with health services before they need urgent care in Nelson has been a success, with plans...

Time heals but earthquake anxiety still rife for Cantabrians - survey |

Signs of progress and time are helping heal emotional wounds for most in Christchurch, but anxiety continues to overwhelm some.

The eighth...

Building confidence and breaking stigmas

When Robert Grant looks at his self portrait he sees a man, an artist – not someone defined by their mental illness.

The Southern District...

Get your fix of nature during Conservation Week |

COLUMN: We are in the middle of Conservation Week and I hope you have been out and participating in an event.

There have been planting and...

Nelson Named New Zealand’s Most Neighbourly City

Press Release – Neighbours Day

Nelson Named New Zealand’s Most Neighbourly City
The friendliness of Nelson neighbours has seen it top...

More than 90pc of prisoners have suffered mental health or substance use issues

More than 90 per cent of New Zealand prisoners have a lifetime diagnosis of a mental health or substance use disorder. Laura Walters looks...

Govt announce suicide action plan in development

It's World Suicide Prevention Day, and the Government has marked it with an announcement that a new strategy and action plan are being...

A devastating trail of questions

Ellen Norman, the Mental Health Foundation's director of Māori development, doubts that there are many people in the Far North who have not...

Women who live surrounded by nature live longer

Living near greenery can actually add a few years to your life, says a new study.

Nigel Latta opens a critical national conversation in The Hard Stuff

Duncan Greive watches The Hard Stuff with Nigel Latta, TVNZ’s new series that boldly explores some of the most complex issues facing New...
Virgina Brooks
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Virginia Brooks

Virginia Brooks

Virginia Brooks’ personal experience of losing two family members to suicide has given her an understanding of the emotions people go through following a sudden death and what can help them get through.

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